It’s been a weird first half of Maryland football. The Terps are absolutely demolishing Rutgers on Homecoming and are up 24-0 at the half. Along the way, some interesting things happened.
The first four drives of the game ended in punts, and the first play that went for over 10 yards got called back for an ineligible receiver downfield. What undeniably takes the cake, though, is that the Scarlet Knights completely neglected to try to return a kickoff.
After Ty Johnson took a handoff 65 yards for the first score of the game, Maryland lined up to kick the ball back to Rutgers. Then this happened:
Here's a play you almost NEVER see.— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 13, 2018
Rutgers doesn't field the @TerpsFootball kickoff on the fly, and it bounces right into the arms of @ccam42 for the recovery.
's ball: pic.twitter.com/YyIHa5dDsZ
Maryland would settle for a field goal on the ensuing drive, but the tomfoolery wasn’t complete yet. Down 24-0, the Scarlet Knights were able come up on Kasim Hill’s blindside and pop him to force and recover a fumble. It was one of few positive plays for Rutgers, but it wouldn’t matter. On the very next play, quarterback Artur Sitkowski gave it right back. Antoine Brooks came crashing through the line to get a hand on the pass and Byron Cowart tracked and snagged the pick out of the air.
Rutgers has never been more Rutgers than in this very moment. The VERY FIRST play after forcing and recovering a fumble... Maryland gets it right back pic.twitter.com/kLmDCLlgQF— Jared Goldstein (@_jgoldy17) October 13, 2018
At the half, Rutgers has just 41 yards to Maryland’s 254. To put that in perspective, Ty Johnson had more yards on his first score than the Scarlet Knights have all day.